A Man Called Amen / Either All or None / O tutto o niente (Guido Zurli, 1968)


(Stanton) #1

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/O_tutto_o_niente

This is a solid SW with George Ardisson in the lead. And he’s quite good (generally I don’t like him).
Not an unusual story which the film tells, but good enough directed to be enjoyable.

The beginning has one of these typical SW robberies of 1 000 000 $ (in the land of lire they seldom did it beneath a million), a fortune in these days, which is of course only escorted by a funnily small group of soldiers.

I guess not much have seen this?


(ENNIOO) #2

Do have a copy of this but not viewed as of yet.


(scherpschutter) #3

Never even heard of it, but it’s a typical SW title, I like it (especially that first ‘O’, without it, the title would’ve been simplistic)

[size=4]O tutto, o niente[/size]

Yes, sounds exactly right (could’ve also been the title of a sixties song)


(Bill san Antonio) #4

I’ve seen it and I remember liking it though I cannot really remember much about it right now.

btw, there’s something wrong with link, stanton.


(Stanton) #5

I was sure you have it.


(Stanton) #6

[quote=“Bill san Antonio, post:4, topic:2087”]I’ve seen it and I remember liking it though I cannot really remember much about it right now.

btw, there’s something wrong with link, stanton.[/quote]

Yep, was apparently a “recent changes” link. Now it’s better.

Oops, and I had the English title at first as Either All or Nothing instead of None.

It probably is a film which you can rewatch after 1 year, and it’s just like you see it for the first time.

Recommended for those who have already seen about 300 SWs.

Some say it’s Zurli’s best SW. Let’s say one of his best.


(Johny Yuma) #7

I have dvd rip italian audio


(ENNIOO) #8

Quality looks good.


(Johny Yuma) #9

yes Quality ok but I looking for English Audio


(Phil H) #10

Watched this one this morning and enjoyed more than I expected. Unfortunately the copy I have does not benefit from the nice picture quality of the Italian DVD shown above. Mine’s a VHS rip, in widescreen but with one of those ‘Not For Sale’ messages embedded through the middle of it. Does have English audio though so maybe this would be a good job for our old friend Autephex if he is still around somewhere.

Bad picture quality didn’t put me off though. I guess I’ve seen enough similar to not be bothered by such things now. Ardisson fitted his part pretty well and there were enough twists in the story to keep it interesting. Not top drawer by any criteria and some of the bar room scenes tended to drag on too long but certainly worth viewing although something of an old fashioned throwback for a 1968 spaghetti.


(JonathanCorbett) #11

Adequate SW: the pre-opening credits sequence is not at all bad, Ardisson gets into the part successfully, Lorenza Guerrieri (Muriel) is underutilized but adequately charming and the conclusion is surprisingly good, in some ways even remarkable!

On the other hand, the torture scene is definitely odd and I find Buseba/Paolo Carlini continually repeating the word “schifosi” (disgusting persons, bastards) a bit annoying.

[quote=“Phil H, post:10, topic:2087”]Ardisson fitted his part pretty well and there were enough twists in the story to keep it interesting. (…)
some of the bar room scenes tended to drag on too long[/quote]

I agree.


(JonathanCorbett) #12

Either All or Nothing is the more correct translation :wink:

As far as I know this is the only SW missing in Marco Giusti’s Dizionario del Western all’italiana.

A few screenshots


(Reverend Danite) #13

Ha ha - I thought it somewhat preposterous, but not unexpected either - but it put a smile on my face when I saw that outfit 8) :stuck_out_tongue: … But, yes - it was a suitable end for an enjoyable film.
No great shakes - some plotholes, some twistyness - and a good solid spag for visiting after the alehouse.
I enjoyed Ardisson’s dry performance, and his odd wry grin - but the highlight performance for me was that of the muscle-goon Fred Coplan and his missing tooth.

(A better version was watched Phil - no words on the screen - a bit pixelately in the dark bits - but more than adequate when compensated for with a scoop of cider)

Half marks rounded up to 3 out of 5.


(JonathanCorbett) #14

As regards the ending I enjoyed the combination, in my opinion particularly successful, of three ingredients: revelation + cruelty in abandoning a character dying in terrible pain to his fate (which is not very common in SWs, at this moment I can think of only Una pistola per cento croci/Gunman of One Hundred Crosses) + final joke.


(Reverend Danite) #15

Agreed Brother Jonathan :wink:
As you say, the combination/contrast was very enjoyable - an unusual and successful blend of pathos and humour.


(Stanton) #16

Nah, the final revelation in this one is as so often one of those which can destroy a film. And of course I saw it coming, probably since Tamiroff first appeared. And, but I may remember this wrong, it didn’t make much sense.


(Reverend Danite) #17

more cider needed… :wink:


(scherpschutter) #18

About time I watch this movie (I usually like Ardisson, by the way, he’s a nice, unlikely western hero, and because he’s so unlikely, I like to see him as one)


(Reverend Danite) #19

Which is why they settle for 20% ;D ;D

And whilst we’re in spaghettiland - doesn’t Calisto Calisti get shot twice in this? Isn’t that him at the beginning when Amen is introduced - and later as henchman/deputy for the final house shootout?
Anyway I prefer A Man Called Amen (not to be confused with t’other one…)


(chameleon) #20

Yeah, I also like this one with Ardisson, it’s not bad at all.

Prefer ( A Man Called Amen too.)